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WGS200Y5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Emiliano Zapata, Foundation For Ancient Research And Mormon Studies, Heteronormativity

42 pages39 viewsWinter 2017

Department
Women and Gender Studies
Course Code
WGS200Y5
Professor
Joan Simalchik
Lecture
1

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WGS200Y LECTURE 2- Sept. 14, 2017
The “F” word
General Course Information
Late assignments – 1% per day will be taken off the final total course grade
Must bring in a hard copy of assignments to class (lecture not tutorial)
Text themes:
Concepts and practice of intersectionality
Gendering and queering women’s studies
Indigenizing and decolonizing women’s studies
Globalizing, internationalizing, and transnationalizing women’s studies
Author’s challenges:
o Conversations
o Self reflection
o SPEAK UP
What does Feminism Look Like?
Who are feminists?
o Pages 2-6
o Not ??? (people who hate men etc.)
o “All sisters”?
people have different agendas
people have different positions in society
o stereotypes
onot haters
onot angry unhappy women
onot victims
What do they believe?
Is it one theory?
Why is it so fraught?
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o Why do people feel so anxious about it?
Power, Context & Agency: Expanding the Circle
Feminist analysis/process considers:
oPower: control, influence, strength governing the situation
oContext: the particular historical moment, place/time
oAgency: ability to exert action by individual or group
Dialectically, there is always a push/pull
Feminist Theories
Uses self-reflexivity:
o Evaluates how we think, speak & act
o Sees positions of power and privilege
o Incorporates diversity
o Is plural: theories
Feminist Epistemology
Theory of knowledge vs. partial knowledge
Incorporates marginalized experience and thought
• Transformational
Inserts location of self
Suspects objectivity:
o Whose facts?
o Whose analysis?
o What is their social location?
Essentialism
Biological based traits
•Innate
Fixed, unchanging
Universal in time, space, & history
Stereotypes around groups of people
Social Construction vs. Essentialism
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Define the context
Specify social, cultural, historical situation
Conditions not fixed, but fluid
bell hooks
Not anti-men!
But against sexism/patriarchy
For gender justice
Not a “lifestyle”
Male benefits “come at a price”
Is changing systems good for women or is it feminist social change?
Look at page 13 – imagine living in a world where we can all be the way we are
o Fully actualized people
o Justice, living the truth
Patriarchy
“institutionalized sexism”
unequal power relations
permeates society, culture, economy
public and private
Heteropatriarchy – binary of male/female – institutionalized male, sexist state
Indigenous Feminists?
Verna St. Denis article will be on test
St. Denis – pages 16-26
Can Aboriginal Women be Feminists?
o Vs. idea of universal male domination
oMaternalism central to Aboriginal women’s authority (motherhood and
nationalhood connection)
o Equality “a strange idea” since no gender hierarchy
o Equality idea as reproducer Euro-centric patriarchy
o Difference not sameness between genders
o Context: not gender but cultural restoration
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